DAMASCUS (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad met a Republican member of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, a day after Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ended a visit to Syria that was criticized by the White House.

The official news agency said the meeting between Assad and Darrell Issa, a member of the House Committee on Intelligence, discussed ways to improve relations between Washington and Damascus.

darrell_issa.jpgDid Darrell Issa (R-CA) commit a treasonous act? Did his act of insolent treason bring anarchy to American foreign policy? Should he be jailed for violating the Logan Act of 1799? Will there be a shortage of paper lunch bags due to runs made on them by wingnuts who are hyperventilating over this?

I say two No votes and one Yes. It’s amazing to me the lengths to which these folks will go given the sheer irony of their resistance to looking to the right for examples of that which they deam treason. Hypocrisy knows no bounds among these people.

What the media mostly ignored was the cabal of Republicans visiting Syria at the same damned time the White House was pummeling Pelosi for such action. The righty ‘sphere played right along. Hell, the excuse now is they “trust” Issa more than Nancy. Fucking Duh!

The bottom line? Because the failed leadership of the Bush administration would not follow the advice of the BIPARTISAN Iraq Study Group and engage the Syrians, several real leaders (Ds and Rs) decided to take matters into their own hands and do what needed to be done. It’s called leadership – something this administration and modern day Republicans know very little about. The administration and the wingnut blogosphere would rather play cheap political games and go about the saber rattling.

More than a dozen U.S. lawmakers have visited Damascus in the last four months and met Assad after the Iraq Study Group recommended to Republican President George W. Bush engaging with Damascus and Iran to help stabilize Iraq.

Thanks for the leadership Bush! Not…